Calvin Vollrath (left) in concert with Mark Sullivan.

Calvin Vollrath (left) in concert with Mark Sullivan.

Fiddle concert helps TRU’s lakecity campus

Concert with top fiddler Calvin Vollrath helps to raise funds for TRU in Williams Lake.

Coming Saturday, Nov. 12, the Thompson Rivers University will hold a special fundraiser for the Williams Lake campus.

The concert will take place in the gymnasium. Doors open 7 p.m. and the concert begins 7:30 p.m.

Calvin Vollrath is a Canadian fiddler and composer and he is considered one of the best in the world.  He also is one of the few European-Canadian fiddle players playing professionally in the Métis style. He lives in Alberta.

Vollrath won the Grand North American Old Tyme Fiddle Championship in 1985, and in more recent years, he has been a judge for the Canadian Grand Masters fiddle competition and was awarded a Life Time Achievement Award from them in 2005. He has played with numerous other musicians, including John Arcand, and has become an inspiration and a mentor to many Canadian fiddlers, including April Verch.

To make this evening even more special, Vollrath will be accompanied by two other renowned fiddlers, Mark Sullivan and Trent Freeman.

At only 26, Mark Sullivan has established himself as one of the finest fiddlers in the country.

He has been declared three times Canadian Grand Masters Fiddle Champion and three  times Canadian Open Fiddle Champion and he has performed throughout Canada, the United States, Japan, Ireland and Scotland.

Trent Freeman grew up on Vancouver Island and began fiddling at age 10 after playing  classic violin from the age of five. He soon was playing dances, shows, and winning contests around the province.

He excelled at fiddling and has been a finalist in the Canadian Grand Masters Fiddling Championships five times.

Now you have the rare chance to see and hear all three of these outstanding fiddlers in one evening at the Thompson River University, Saturday, Nov.  12, 7 p.m.

Tickets are $20, children under 12 accompanied by an adult  get in free.

Advance tickets are available at Thompson Rivers University, Williams Lake campus, main office, 1250 Western Ave. or call  250-392-8000, and at Cariboo GM, 370 S. Mackenzie Avenue, 250-392-7185.


All proceeds from this very special event go to TRU to support bursaries.



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